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Antonio Skarmeta

Biography

Antonio Skarmeta

Antonio Skarmeta is a Chilean writer whose novel ARDIENTE PACIENCIA inspired the 1994 Academy Award–winning movie, Il Postino (The Postman). The novel’s English translation bears the same title. His fiction has received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly 30 languages. In 2011, his novel LOS DIAS DEL ARCOIRIS (THE DAYS OF THE RAINBOW) won the prestigious Premio iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa. His play "El Plebiscito," based on the same true incident as this novel, was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film No.

Antonio Skarmeta

Books by Antonio Skarmeta

by Antonio Skarmeta - Culture, Family, Family & Relationships, Family Relationships, Fatherhood, Fiction, Literary Fiction

Jacques is a school teacher in the village of Contulmo in Chile and a French translator for the local paper. He owes his passion for the French language to his Parisian father Pierre who, one year before, abruptly returned to France without a word of explanation. While Jacques finds distraction in a crush, his preoccupation with his father's disappearance continues to haunt him. Then Jacques runs into his father pushing a stroller. It becomes clear to Jacques that there are certain questions about the past that need answers.